East Pennsboro man held on weapons charges

2013-02-11T22:30:00Z 2013-02-11T23:01:45Z East Pennsboro man held on weapons chargesBy Andrew Carr, The Sentinel The Sentinel
February 11, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

The charges against an East Pennsboro man who police say pointed a gun at a woman and threatened her, were held to higher court during a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Charles John Snavely Sr., 46, of Enola was charged with felony person not to possess a firearm, misdemeanor terroristic threats and two counts of misdemeanor simple assault at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 2.

East Pennsboro Township Police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Valley Street, Enola, for a domestic dispute involving a firearm and were told that Snavely had pointed a gun at the victim and threatened to kill her.

Police said Snavely fled out the back of the home and into a wooded area as police arrived on the scene and the area was surrounded, with Valley Street closed to traffic.

Special Response teams from both Cumberland and Dauphin counties responded to assist and hostage negotiators made phone contact with Snavely, resulting in his peaceful surrender at 8:05 a.m.

East Pennsboro Police were assisted on the scene by officers from Camp Hill, West Shore Regional, Hampden Township as well as Cumberland County Communications Center personnel and fire police from West Shore, East Pennsboro and Hampden Township.

Due to the extreme cold temperatures, Snavely was initially taken to Holy Spirit Hospital for treatment for exposure. He then was taken to Cumberland County Prison for booking and arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth Beckley, where he was held on $50,000 cash bail.

The charges were held to Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas during a preliminary hearing in front of Beckley on Monday and a formal arraignment in county court has been scheduled for 9 a.m. April 18.

Court records list his attorney at Deputy Public Defender Arla Waller.

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